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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
12/10/2014 (4 years ago)
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United Kingdom offender must now face three years of court-ordered supervision

A Yeovil man, in Great Britain has been arrested on numerous sex charges. Twenty-year-old Jacob Wood is accused of grooming "vulnerable" teenage girls for sex through social media sites. Wood has been spared a prison sentence after a judge said it would not help him reform.

Prosecutor Mary McCarthy said Wood sent explicit pictures to girls and, in some cases, arranged to meet them. He had full sexual intercourse with five of the girls. Some of the offenses occurred while he was on bail.

Prosecutor Mary McCarthy said Wood sent explicit pictures to girls and, in some cases, arranged to meet them. He had full sexual intercourse with five of the girls. Some of the offenses occurred while he was on bail.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
12/10/2014 (4 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Sexual predator, Internet, Facebook, teenage girls


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Wood reportedly contacted girls as young as 14 and 15 years old through Facebook and other social media sites. Wood then incited these girls to engage in sex, Taunton Crown Court was told.

Wood admitted to four charges of sexual activity with a child, five of causing or inciting a child to engage in sex and one of causing a child to watch a sexual act. He asked for seven further offenses to be taken into consideration.

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Prosecutor Mary McCarthy said Wood sent explicit pictures to girls and, in some cases, arranged to meet them. He had full sexual intercourse with five of the girls. Some of the offenses occurred while he was on bail.

An investigation began in South Yorkshire when the mother of a 14 year-old girl discovered her daughter had sent him pictures of herself in nightwear. Wood later became abusive and threatened to post them online.

Wood made full admissions of his offenses during police interviews.

Attorney Patrick Mason said wood left school with "unremarkable results" and "inappropriate dealings" with girls came out at an early age.

"The use of the internet to meet young girls and to exchange pictures with a view to a later sexual encounter has escalated very significantly," Judge Graham Cottle said.

"Young people do make mistakes and they make them, mainly, because they are young and immature and lacking in understanding." he added.

Wood was sentenced to a community order with three years supervision and a sex offenders program. He was also given a sex offenders' prevention order for five years.

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